Astronaut lost mirror in space, new item in space garbage list

Commander Chris Cassidy

Cape Canaveral (United States): A small mirror fell out of the spacesuit of an astronaut who had gone out of work from the International Space Station for a change of battery, and it was added to the new waste joining space. Commander Chris Cassidy stated that this mirror floated away at a speed of one foot per second.

NASA said that this mirror somehow broke away from Cassidy’s space suit. However, due to this mirror, astronauts do not have any danger of walking in space or posing a threat to the station itself. A mirror is mounted so that the astronauts walking in space can look better while working on each arm of the space suit. The weight of this mirror is barely one tenth of a pound. Cassidy and his partner Bob Behnken are working in space to replace some of the last station batteries in the old station.

It is expected that their spacewalk will continue till July. Behnken will then return to Earth in August with the SpaceX Dragon capsule. Behnken and Doug Hurley made history by being part of SpaceX’s first space trip in late May.

According to NASA, as soon as six new lithium-ion batteries are replaced, this space laboratory will be perfect for the rest of its life-long mission. Kassidy and Behnken have to install six batteries to complete the task. This is quite a heavy task as each battery is about one meter long and wide which weighs 180 kg.